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review 2016-01-05 00:00
Tom Jones
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding nONSTOP HILARITY AND DEBAUCHERY insues!
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review 2014-07-07 20:49
Who Killed 'Tom Jones'?-A fun cast of characters in a fun mystery
Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? - Gale Martin

Meeting new authors one might not normally read is a great reason to enter author giveaways. This one was a treat!


Ellie is working as a receptionist and general dogsbody at the Finger Nursing Home. She has long had fantasies of the perfect man, which in her case happens to be singer Tom Jones. When she sees that a Tom Jones look-alike contest is coming to town, she can’t buy her tickets fast enough. When she runs into an old friend whose husband is one of the contestants and the friend offers to set her up with another of the contestants, what could go wrong? Murder, of course.


The characters and the warmth of their relationships are the stars of this cozy mystery. The residents of the nursing home feel like real people, not caricatures. They are treated like normal humans, not like generic “old people.” I would love to know them. Ellie’s relationship with them and with the handyman at the home gives real heart to this book. Her relationship with her old friend, who was use to ruling the roost, was also fairly realistic in my opinion. At least as realistic as you can expect a cozy to get. The characters are funny and goofy and there is plenty of comic relief to go with a good mystery. Light-hearted fun and a pleasant escapist read.


The only drawback I saw was that the romance developed at lightning speed. I like a slower burn and there was one scene that was slightly more explicit than most cozies. All in all, I’d love to see these characters return in a sequel.


I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.

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review 2014-02-16 10:47
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding

I'm slightly trepidatious about reviewing Tom Jones, because Fielding does not like critics. In fact, he is so kind as to say this about them:


If a person who pries into the characters of others, with no other design but to discover their faults...deserves the title of a slanderer...why should not a critic, who reads with the same malevolent view, be as properly styled the slanderer of the reputation of books?


Which makes me laugh, but also makes me sure that Fielding would have hated me with every fibre of his being.


On the basis that Fielding is dead, and cannot therefore write nasty letters at me, I am, nevertheless, going to continue.


Tom Jones follows the fortunes of (unsurprisingly) Tom Jones, a foundling raised by a country gentleman who turns him out because of his rakish behaviour. He then pursues his True Love Sophia across England and has many and diverse adventures, most of which seem to involve sleeping with or otherwise courting other women, which, understandably, pisses Sophia off a little.


Aand...that's basically what happens. For eight hundred pages. I spent a month reading about Tom's leisurely misadventures only to find the whole sorry saga resolved by a series of highly unlikely coincidences and renunciations. It was like the ending of a Dickens novel, except with less interesting characters and less credibility, which last, if you have ever read Our Mutual Friend, you will know is quite a feat.


Two and a half stars, because it is actually quite funny in places:


...with a voice as sweet as the evening breeze of Boreas in the pleasant month of November.


Ha! Eighteenth-century sarcasm.


But even that isn't enough to interest me for 800 pages.

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text 2014-01-04 20:25
Goodreads Giveaway -- A new murder mystery -- WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'?

You're invited!


What's new, pussycat? How about a pre-launch Goodreads Giveaway (for all my cherished Booklikes friends) of my newest novel, a murder mystery called WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'? My giveaway runs through Jan. 20. Win one of three copies for yourself if you like rollicking contemporary mysteries laced with romance (or for someone you like a whole bunch--I wouldn't give this book away to just anyone, only someone really special who will lend it back to you when they're done). Cheers and prosperity in the New Year! Yours in puffy shirts and skintight trousers!

Date: December 30, 2014    03:45PM -- January 20, 2014    11:59PM
RSVP by: January 20, 2014    11:59PM 
Venue: https://www.goodreads.com, US
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Website: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/76037-who-killed-tom-jones
Added by: Gale Martin


Enter to win an advance copy of Who Killed 'Tom Jones'?, my new murder mystery releasing on January 21, 2014.

“In Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’?, Gale Martin has perfectly captured the world of tribute artists and, also, the universe of Tom Jones fans.”—Ellen Sterling, moderator of TomJonesInternational.com, the world’s largest fan website.
Enter thru 1/20. 

This book giveaway is open to members in only the following countries: US.

Source: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/76037-who-killed-tom-jones
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review 2013-10-11 19:35
Tom Jones (Oxford World's Classics)
Tom Jones - Simon Stern,Henry Fielding,John B. Bender This is a very early novel, published in 1749, and it's telling in several ways this was written when the form was young. There are eccentric spellings, erratic capitalizations, and dialogue isn't set off in the convention we're used to, but has various speakers lumped into one paragraph. There are archaic formulations such as "says he" rather than "he said" and such archaic words as nay, doth, hath, yon, thou, thee, etc. Swear words such as "damn" are presented as "d--n." I felt the various parts of the narration--description, dialogue, thoughts, action--are much better balanced in later novels. And the omniscient narrator here, sometimes breaking the fourth wall into first person, is very, very intrusive, with long digressions, some chapter-length, on such subjects as the novel's form or the nature of love. Some parts to my tastes were far too preachy, but having just read Robinson Crusoe before this, that religiosity is just another feature of the era. This did make for rather tedious going at times, especially before I got acclimated to the style, but for the most part the plot and comic aspects kept me chugging along. It helps that Tom himself is much more likable than I expected from what I had heard of the novel--or even the description on the back of the book. I'd heard this was a picaresque tale with a hero that could be called a rake. But although he's no monk, I wouldn't describe Tom that way. He's neither rapist nor callous seducer. In fact, he's usually the seduced rather than the seducer. And he is young, after all; no older than twenty-one at the end of the novel. He says of himself: Nor do I pretend to the Gift of Chastity... I have been guilty with Women, I own it; but I am not conscious that I have ever injured any--Nor would I, to procure Pleasure to myself, be knowingly the Cause of Misery to any human Being. When Tom seemingly gets Molly Seagrim pregnant, he's quite willing to stand by her and marry her, even though she's poor. He'd been raised as a gentleman, and even though being base-born and not the heir means he can't look to marry the lady-of-the-manor next door, he could have done materially better than that. It's not until he finds out she's being unfaithful that he breaks things off with her. He shows himself generous and compassionate throughout. Tom's greatest fault indeed seems a naivete that allows others to take advantage of him. I felt more mixed about the female characters and especially Tom's love Sophia Western. She's a bit too blushing and apt to swoon--on the other hand, she doesn't let herself be rolled over but takes action to change her fate. It's obvious Fielding does have respect for women and although like the men, they might be fools, often his female characters are more intelligent and better educated than their male counterparts. Note the maid Jenny Jones, who is more learned than the schoolmaster who taught her. To be honest, it's the secondary comic characters that have the most vividness like the Sancho Panza like Mr Partridge or the affected Aunt Western and uncouth Squire Western. This was a surprisingly enjoyable novel on the whole, even if I wasn't as enchanted by it as I was by its comic descendents by Austen and Thackeray. I immediately felt the kinship to books such as Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair in the sparkling wit, the ironic tone, and wickedly sharp satire, even if Fielding is more genial than Thackeray, and more bawdy than Austen.
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